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Exaggerated cardiovascular response to anaesthesia - a case for investigation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Susan Jones, Dr Ian Shaw, Professor Peter Baylis


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We present a case of a 40-year-old woman who developed major cardiovascular complications during anaesthesia for an elective clipping of a cerebral arteriovenous malformation. postoperative investigation confirmed the diagnosis of an adrenal phaeochromocytoma. In retrospect, it became apparent that she had experienced a series of potentially life-threatening events over a 20-year period all of which are known complications of phaeochromocytoma. This case highlights the importance of investigating young patients who have unexpected and unexplained cardiovascular events during anaesthesia and surgery.

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Author(s): Jones SE; Shaw IH; Baylis PH; Redfern N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Anaesthesia

Year: 1999

Volume: 54

Issue: 9

Pages: 882-884

ISSN (print): 0003-2409

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2044

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.1999.00998.x


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